Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Former Temple standout Christena Hamilton joined the Bradley Women's Basketball coaching staff in May 2016 and will serve as the team's recruiting coordinator.
Hamilton comes to The Hilltop after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Winthrop. During her time in Rock, Hill, S.C., the Eagles posted four winnings seasons and owned a 57-39 (.593) record in Big South Conference play.
She helped mentor a three-time Big South Conference Player of the Year during her tenure at Winthrop, a pair of conference Defensive Player of the Year winners and the 2012-13 Big South Freshman of the Year along with five first-team and four second-team all-conference performers over the past five seasons. Winthrop finished in the top four of the Big South in four of the last five seasons, including the 2013-14 season, which culminated with the team’s first NCAA Tournament appearance and 24-9 overall record.
Winthrop, which posted an 80-47 (.630) overall record in Hamilton’s first four seasons, also advanced to the WNIT in 2012-13 and finished second in the Big South.
A native of Coatesville, Penn., Hamilton ventured into college coaching as an assistant at Daytona State College in Daytona, Fla., and also has three years of prep experience; serving as head coach at her alma mater Coatesville High School. She led Coatesville to a 24-7 record in her first season as head coach.
The younger sister of former NBA star Richard “Rip” Hamilton, she graduated cum laude from Temple in 2004 with a degree in business administration and went on to earn a master’s in public administration from Villanova in 2011. Hamilton helped the Owls to two Atlantic-10 Conference regular-season titles and was an A-10 All-Tournament team selection as a senior in 2004, when she helped Temple to the tournament title and second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years.
Off the court, she serves as a board member for the Rip City Foundation which enhances lives through education and recreation with a special emphasis on healthy living.
Former Concordia-St. Paul head coach Paul Fessler joined the Bradley women’s basketball program as an assistant coach in May 2016 and is in his first season with the Braves.
Fessler brings 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to The Hilltop after spending the previous 16 years as head coach at Concordia-St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn. He led the Golden Bears to eleven 20-win seasons, 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, five regular-season titles and was a three-time conference Coach of the Year selection.
During his tenure at Concordia-St. Paul, Fessler led his teams to a 326-148 (.688) overall record and Golden Bears were 199-90 (.689) in conference action. Overall, he owns a 427-166 (.720) career coaching mark in 20 years, which includes four seasons as head coach Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minn.
The 2013-14 season was one of four seasons in which Concordia-St. Paul notched more than 25 wins as the Golden Bears capped a 28-9 season with the program’s first NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance. The Elite Eight was one of three NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 runs by his squads.
A 2012 inductee into the Minnesota Girl’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Fessler served on the NCAA Regional selection committee and was the NSIC representative to the WBCA.
Named interim head coach at Concordia-St. Paul in August 2000, Fessler followed up a 12-win first season with an impressive run of nine consecutive 20-win seasons and led the Golden Bears to the NCAA Tournament in 10 of the next 13 years.
Fessler was head coach at Anoka Ramsey Community College from 1996-97 through the 1999-2000 season and posted a 101-18 (.849) record during his tenure. The four-time Region 13 Coach of the Year, led his squads to three consecutive NJCAA Division III national championships and were the national runner-up in his final season in 1999-2000.
Originally from Sutherland, Iowa, Fessler graduated from Northern Iowa in 1988 with a degree in physical education.
Fessler and his wife Shelly have a daughter: Jade.
Kristi Zeller is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Bradley Women’s Basketball team after spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Idaho.
Zeller has been an assistant coach at Idaho for the last five seasons, where she has helped guide the Vandals to three NCAA Tournament appearances, a regular-season championship and three conference tournament titles during her tenure.
This past season, Zeller helped Idaho to a 13-5 Big Sky Conference record, 24-10 overall mark and third NCAA Tournament appearance in four seasons. Over the last four seasons, the Vandals were 80-50 (.615) overall which included a 47-23 (.671) record in conference play.
During the 2013-14 season Zeller was part of a team which captured a Big Sky regular-season title (15-1) and finished 25-9 overall en route to the second of back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. That season, she helped mentor WBCA All-American and Big Sky Conference Player of the Year Stacey Barr.
A Stow, Ohio, native, Zeller was a four-year letterwinner at Toledo and graduated summa cum laude in 2009 with a degree in social work. She helped the Rockets to a pair of Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinal appearances during her collegiate career.
Zeller served as a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater after graduation and was part of former Evansville head coach Tricia Cullop’s coaching staff with the Rockets for three seasons.
A two-time Academic All-MAC selection, Zeller earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Toledo in 2011.
Director of Women’s Basketball Operations
Dustyn Yung was named Director of Women’s Basketball Operations in May 2015 and is the 2015-16 seasons will be his first on The Hilltop.
Yung, who recently earned a Masters of Education in Athletic Administration from Central Methodist University and is a 2013 graduate of Central Methodist with a degree in education, served as a graduate assistant with the women’s basketball team at his alma mater each of the past years after working as a student assistant coach for during his junior and senior years.
He was part of back-to-back 20-win seasons, helping the Eagles to a 25-8 record and the school’s first NAIA Tournament appearance as a senior in 2012-13 as a student assistant coach along with a 22-9 mark in his first year as a graduate assistant in 2013-14. Yung oversaw the video operations for the Central Methodist women’s basketball team in addition to assisting with scouting reports and recruiting efforts for the Eagles.
Yung helped with the development of a two-time honorable mention All-American during his time at Central Methodist, where he also helped organize a high school summer basketball league along with overseeing the squad’s community service and fundraising activities.